Ok, so our first stop was Encinitas which is located like an hour more or less north of Lisbon. It is a tiny little beach town where lots of surfers (other tourist aswell) comes every year to enjoy the good atmosphere Encinitas has to offer. During summer the swell is really small which is kind of the case everywhere in Europe, but there are still some waves to find and if not you can always get on a paddle board and cruise around the bay. Be aware tho that the water temperature is nothing like spain, france, greece etc. It is freezing, literally. If you wanna go for a casual swim you should head south instead, but I tell you more about southern Portugal later. Anyway, if you are planning to surf just make sure you bring a wetsuit.
Encinitas has a little downtown which is more like a big platform surrounded with restaurants and shops (mainly surfshops). I did not like to spend too much time right there in the middle of it, mainly because I am not a big fan of the kind of vibe a "set up town" gives. Although what I did really enjoy was to stroll around the other part of the town. Which is the area around the "platform". As I said before it is not very big so practically you could see the whole place in an hour. But if you are more like me who stopps at every cute looking house to embrace it and take photos you´ll get it done by a day or so, maybe two days to be fair. Because there is ALOT of cute building, churches, gardens etc.
We stayed here three nights in total and I think that was quiet enough. Buddha hostel is a great place to spend ur nights at, it is right by the beach and near down town as well. You got a parking lot right outside which is great if you got a car. ( free parking ) Near the hostel you got 4 ( and more depending how far you want to walk/drive) different surf spots, mainly point breaks but also a couple beach breaks, one really good one right out front. Foz do Lizandro is one beach worth visiting, it´ sa two minute drive south of the town. Lot´s of local kids comes here everyday to enjoy their lunch-box at the beach. Even if it´s a fair bit of people here it still feel so calm and quiet, don´t ask me how because I really don´t know. If there is a good swell coming in the beach break can offer some really good waves as well. And if you forgot your board that day you can easily rent one on the spot. Make sure to also enjoy a coffee at Limipicos beach cafe where you can lay down in the couch at the same time you can see ocean is right beneath you.
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